Eggs are awesome.
Deviled Eggs are even more awesome.
I LOVE eggs.
These eggs are pasture raised. What is a pasture raised egg you ask? Well, pasture raised eggs come from hens that get to hang out and soak in the sun, which makes their eggs have 3 to 6 times more vitamin D than eggs from hens raised in confinement; they also get to stroll around on the grass and eat it ’cause it’s so good; or bust out into a run chasing after insects ’cause they’re so good. The grass and the insects makes their eggs have beneficial omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. I would continue to list all the benefits of pastured eggs, but I’ll let you go check that out by clicking here.
These particular, and super beautiful eggs come from Happy Hen Farms, which is a small farm located on Sonoma Mountain in Petaluma, California. The hens at Happy Hen Farms are truly happy, because they “lead lives filled with fresh air, sunshine, and the freedom to range and forage hillsides and creek beds on the farm. The chickens are raised on pasture and have year-round access to green grass. They freely range the farm, spending their days amongst the sheep, goats and cows.”
In fact, at Happy Hen Farms, “they don’t even lock up the chickens at night, because there’s a team of livestock guardian dogs that protect the ranch. As such, the doors to the poultry houses are always left open so the chickens put themselves away at night and let themselves out in the morning at first light of day. In addition to whatever they forage, their diets are supplemented with organic grains.”
Look at how beautiful these eggs are. You don’t even need to dye these guys for Easter since they already come in a range of colors! Different breeds of hen are what make the different color eggs. But, they are all nutritionally equivalent, and taste equally wonderful.
To make deviled eggs simply hard boil your eggs by covering them with an inch of water and bring it to a boil. Once the water has started boiling, cut off the heat, cover the pot, and let them sit in the water for 10 minutes.
I just can’t get over all those beautiful colors!
Once you’ve got your hard boiled eggs, cut them in half lengthwise, scoop out the yolks into a small bowl, and mix the yolks with the ingredients listed in the recipe below.
Dilled Deviled Pastured Eggs are an excellent, healthy and tasty snack!
Dilled Deviled Pastured Eggs
Highly adapted from The Spice Kitchen
12 hard-boiled eggs
9 Tbsp sour cream (or plain yogurt, or 1/2 & 1/2 of each)
1.5 Tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tsp minced shallots
3 tsp dill weed
3/4 tsp vinegar
1.5 tsp of Cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
Smoked Paprika for garnish
1. Place eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by about an inch. Place pot on a burner and bring water to a boil. As soon as the water reaches a boil, cut the heat off, cover pot, and let eggs sit covered in hot water for 10 minutes. Take eggs out of pot, and put them in cold water so that they are cool enough to handle and peel the eggs.
2. Slice each egg in half lengthwise. Scoop out the yolks into a small bowl and set the whites aside. Add the sour cream, or yogurt, or both, mustard, shallots, dill weed, Cayenne pepper, and vinegar to the egg yolks and using a fork, stir thoroughly to combine.
3. Season the egg mixture with salt to taste.
4. Place the mixture in a small plastic sandwich zipper bag (e.g., Ziplock), close the zipper, and cut a small hole at the corners. Arrange the egg whites cut side up on a serving plate, and pipe the mixture into each half of the egg whites.
5. Garnish the top of each deviled egg with a sprinkling of smoked paprika.
6. Chill the eggs in the refrigerator for about an hour before serving.